"Hope over Fear"

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Everyone, throughout their life gets to watch American go through things that will go down in history as one of the most influential/ challenging/ scary ect moments in history. And, I have grown up in such an amazing time, historically. I watched as America and the world joined together after 9/11 and picked each other back up. I watched as strangers helped strangers when the levees broke in Katrina. Now, I have watched as Barack Obama took his oath into the Presidency. Regardless of my political preference, it’s hard not to be moved by the ceremony. It’s a ‘hinge point in history,’ and I’m grateful to be here to experience it.

“Our challenges may be new. The instruments with which we meet them may be new. But those values upon which our success depends - hard work and honesty, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism - these things are old. These things are true. They have been the quiet force of progress throughout our history. What is demanded then is a return to these truths. What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility - a recognition, on the part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation, and the world, duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character, than giving our all to a difficult task.”

-President Barack Obama.

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